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Zagora (Greek: Ζαγορά) is a village and a former municipality in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Zagora-Mouresi, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[1] The biggest village of Mt. Pelion, it was at its commercial and cultural peak in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE.

It is the birth place of Antoine Carpetopule, a distinguished Greek football journalist. There are texts dating back to the Byzantine era that mention Pelion by the name Zagora. The library of Zagora, with thousands of rare books, is of great interest. The school of Rigas Feraios or Hellenic museum as it is known, is the oldest school on Pelion. Kallinikos Lapatis (Patriarch of Constantinople) and the poet of the Greek rebellion Rigas Fereos were students of the school among others. The mayor of Zagora is a respectable and celebrated leader on Mt. Pelion. It is located E of Volos and NW of Tsangarada and Mouresi and is connected by GR-34 linking Volos and Tsangarada about 2 km south. The roads to the north lead to the independent state of Pouri. Zagora has a primary and a secondary school, five churches, banks, a post office, and seven squares (plateia).

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Zagorian descendants can be found all over the world, including A.Koutsaftis in New Zealand, Y.Kafantaris in Sweden, T.Kavvadias in Britain, P.Chrysochou in Denmark and N.Polymerou in Germany.


Historical population
Year Town population Municipality population
1981 2,841 -
1991 2,410 3,922
2001 2,389 3,829

Notable people

Patriarch Callinicus IV of Constantinople
Yannis Kordatos, scholar
Alexandros Pantos, founder of Panteion University


References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior

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